Definitions for DUCKdʌk
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
any of numerous relatively small and short-necked web-footed swimming birds of the family Anatidae, characterized by a broad, flat bill.
the female of this bird, as distinguished from the male.
Ref: Compare drake . 1 1
the flesh of this bird, eaten as food.
ducks, (used with a sing. v.) Brit. Slang.
Ref: ducky2. 2
Origin of duck:
bef. 1000; ME duk, doke, OE dūce; akin to duck2
to stoop or bend suddenly; bob.
to avoid or evade a blow, unpleasant task, etc.; dodge.
to plunge the whole body or the head momentarily under water.
(v.t.)to lower suddenly:
Duck your head down!
to avoid or evade (a blow, unpleasant task, etc.); dodge.
to plunge or dip in water momentarily.
(n.)an act or instance of ducking.
Origin of duck:
1250–1300; akin to MD, MLG dūken, OHG tūhhan
a heavy plain-weave cotton fabric for tents, clothing, bags, etc.
ducks, (used with a pl. v.) slacks or trousers made of this.
Origin of duck:
1630–40; < D doek cloth
small wild or domesticated web-footed broad-billed swimming bird usually having a depressed body and short legs
duck, duck's egg(noun)
(cricket) a score of nothing by a batsman
flesh of a duck (domestic or wild)
a heavy cotton fabric of plain weave; used for clothing and tents
to move (the head or body) quickly downwards or away
"Before he could duck, another stone struck him"
submerge or plunge suddenly
dip, douse, duck(verb)
dip into a liquid
"He dipped into the pool"
hedge, fudge, evade, put off, circumvent, parry, elude, skirt, dodge, duck, sidestep(verb)
avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)
"He dodged the issue"; "she skirted the problem"; "They tend to evade their responsibilities"; "he evaded the questions skillfully"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a common water bird
to bend down quickly to avoid being hit by sth
I ducked as the ball whizzed past.
Origin: From douken, from *, from dūkanan. Akin to German tauchen, Dutch duiken.
a pet; a darling
a linen (or sometimes cotton) fabric, finer and lighter than canvas, -- used for the lighter sails of vessels, the sacking of beds, and sometimes for men's clothing
the light clothes worn by sailors in hot climates
to thrust or plunge under water or other liquid and suddenly withdraw
to plunge the head of under water, immediately withdrawing it; as, duck the boy
to bow; to bob down; to move quickly with a downward motion
to go under the surface of water and immediately reappear; to dive; to plunge the head in water or other liquid; to dip
to drop the head or person suddenly; to bow
any bird of the subfamily Anatinae, family Anatidae
a sudden inclination of the bead or dropping of the person, resembling the motion of a duck in water
Duck is the common name for a large number of species in the Anatidae family of birds, which also includes swans and geese. The ducks are divided among several subfamilies in the Anatidae family; they do not represent a monophyletic group but a form taxon, since swans and geese are not considered ducks. Ducks are mostly aquatic birds, mostly smaller than the swans and geese, and may be found in both fresh water and sea water. Ducks are sometimes confused with several types of unrelated water birds with similar forms, such as loons or divers, grebes, gallinules, and coots.
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Rank popularity for the word 'DUCK' in Nouns Frequency: #1935
Translations for DUCK
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a kind of wild or domesticated water-bird with short legs and a broad flat beak.
- patoPortuguese (BR)
- die EnteGerman
- anka, andSwedish
- 鴨Chinese (Trad.)
- پالتو بطخ یا جنگلی مرغابیUrdu
- con vịtVietnamese
- 鸭Chinese (Simp.)
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